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Dortmund vs Bayern: The battle for Germany's No. 1 (Preview)

IANS  |  Dortmund (Germany) 

The German Clasico is enthralling fans across Both sets of supporters can't wait for the battle of the country's top two teams to kick off in the arena this Saturday evening.

The duel will not only decide bragging rights but to some extent the destiny of the 2018/2019 championship, reports

When the revived Borussia crosses swords with Munich, the reigning German champion, an exciting evening of seems guaranteed.

has the chance to putting some distance between themselves and the Bavarians as they could open up a seven-point gap with a win. The record German champions could on the other hand reduce the four-point deficit to only one and turn around a so far unsatisfying season.

Dortmund have an excellent opportunity of ending Bayern's winning streak of six league titles in a row.

Statistics indicate a one-sided game. Dortmund is the big favourite after scoring 30 goals in 10 league games while has only managed 18. While Borussia remains unbeaten in the Bundesliga, is in the middle of a real crisis.

But are things as clear as they seem?

started playing mind games by saying, "this time Dortmund is the favourite. We're only the underdogs." This is contrast to the statements of players like and

Hummels spoke of a "duel between equals." Neuer emphasized: "We are FC Bayern, we don't have to hide."

Fact is, despite suffering their first defeat of the season (2-0 in against Atletico Madrid) after 15 games, Dortmund has successfully managed to rejuvenate its squad. The team is carrying out the tactics of Swiss and is playing a dynamic attacking game.

While Bayern is still trying to find a balanced team with a hierarchy, Dortmund developed a core made up of Roman Buerki, playmaking defensive midfielders and and plus the promising and pacy youngsters like Jadon Sancho, and

No other team has taken "gegenpressing" (German for "counter pressing") more to heart than Dortmund. Since former Borussia and current implemented the demanding and risky style "of winning the ball back right after losing it", Dortmund has dedicated itself to "gegenpressing" by pushing high up the pitch and hunting for the ball.

In comparison, Bayern tries to dominate the game but is at the same time trying to develop more speed as pace is seen as the only in modern to beat defensively orientated teams.

While Dortmund has scored six of its 30 goals from counter attacks, Bayern has only managed one goal after quickly turning defense into attack. On top, substitutes have ten goals of Borussia's goals - Bayern only two.

Bayern's squad still contains enough experience to beat Dortmund, said new who seems to have found the right position for The German international will operate in midfield right behind the front line and support spearhead

Having to replace the injured Thiago, Rafinha, Coman and Tolisso, the Spaniard Javi Martinez is shoring up the defense while James Rodriguez, and are responsible for providing the attacking impulses.

Optimism is growing in as they have won 10 of the last 19 clashes. Dortmund won five and the other four ended in a draw.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 15:00 IST